Fizzy water, club soda, sparkling water, seltzer, bubbly water, carbonated water, soda water…whatever you call it, sparkling water is a hit for many people looking for a little extra umph to their daily hydration, or a sugarless alternative to their favourite sodas.
From its long history to its rumoured health benefits, and the slight differences between bottles and brands, here are some things you might not know about sparkling water.
Soda water and sparkling water…what’s the difference?
Here’s why you like some soda waters and not others.
If you’re a fan of a nice cold and sharp fizz, you’re not alone. There are a few key components that go into that perfect mouthful of bubbles. First, colder temperatures help to keep bubbles in the water. So the colder it is, the more tiny bubbles you have (try drinking warm soda water and you’ll see what we mean).
Fizz is nothing to fear.
Lots of people speculate that carbonated water has some adverse effects, but no research links fizz to serious ailments. The only adverse reaction some experience is gas and bloating, especially for those with sensitive digestive tracts or IBS.
Here’s when sparkling water is better than regular water.
Going the other way, some fans of the fizz speculate that sparkling water is actually healthier. While no significant research has backed that up, carbonation does help to increase acid levels in water and kill bacteria. So, drinking sparkling water is actually a better choice when travelling abroad to countries where water contamination is a concern.
Sparkling water is not new.